To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on skills shortages in the Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Local Learning and Skills area. 
Revised figures from the Employers Skill Survey 2001, funded by the Department, showed that 6 per cent. of employers reported skill shortage vacancies in the Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and
Buckinghamshire Local Learning and Skills area. This compared with an average of 4 per cent. and a high of 12 per cent. for England., There were eight skill shortage vacancies per thousand employees in this area, which was the average for England.